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Back-to-school drive Boys & Girls Club needs backpacks, supplies for students

July 28, 2018

GREENWICH — Getting supplies and equipment during the “back-to-school” portion of summer can be fun and exciting for some families. For other families, finding the money to buy a backpack and school supplies can be nerve-wracking.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich has begun a collection drive to make sure every kid has a backpack when they head back to school this fall.

The club says this year there has been an extra demand for backpacks, as well as school supplies. The donation drive and giveaway is held annually.

“We hear a lot from parents how difficult it is,” said Takeia McAlister, an associate at the Boys & Girls Club. The extra expenses with school supplies can cause anxiety.

“It’s definitely our duty to help families who need it most,” she said.

The club, at 4 Horseneck Lane, is now accepting backpacks for young people ages 6 to 18. The bags should be new, or close to brand new.

“These students deserve to be able to walk to school excited,” McAlister said, “They should be happy and prepared.”

The club recommends that donated bags should be gender-neutral, suitable for either a boy or a girl, but the organizers will accept all donations. The club is open on weekdays to accept donations.

Diamond Hill United Methodist Church is coordinating the drive with the club, and the church 521 E. Putnam Ave, Cos Cob, will also be accepting backpacks. The Little Pub is another sponsor.

McAlister said the goal was to collect 300 bags, but there is a need for even more.

Organizers are also collecting school supplies. Anyone who wants to contribute to that cause can contact McAlister at tmcalister@bgcg.org, or the Rev. Carol Bloom at cabloom224@gmail.com for a list of needed items.

The collection drive will continue through Aug. 5. The backpacks and supplies will be donated to kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.

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